Northumberland course tough on Reivers

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The British Orienteering Championships were held in north Northumberland at the weekend – and several Roxburgh Reivers found their way round beautifully.

The forest for the individual race on Saturday has been rarely used and provided a very physical challenge to all the runners, with most of the area covered in either heather, high bilberries or tree brashings, making running very difficult.

However, Reivers still managed to get two people on the podium in the shape of Fiona Forrest on W40 and John Tullie on M55 – who were both third in their classes.

Pauline McAdam just missed out, finishing fourth on W55.

The relay championships provided much more pleasant running conditions among grassed-over mine workings near Otterburn.

Jedburgh’s Kirstin Maxwell had a great run to help her Edinburgh University team to first place on the Women’s Premier class in what was her final run as a student.

Roxburgh Reivers had a record six teams competing, including two junior teams.

Although none made it onto the podium, Elena Heger deserves a mention for having the fastest time on her leg on the mixed under-18 class, and Yousuf Khursheed also ran well for fourth place on his M14 leg.

The last local event before the summer break is at Teviothead this Saturday, with starts from 1-2pm.

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